Unemployment rate drops in Butler, Warren counties heading into 2020

Recently released unemployment data show rates on the decline nationally and locally but flat statewide.

Butler County’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in November, continuing its downward trend, according to new preliminary statistics released last week by the state government.

County-wide unemployment fell from 3.9 percent in November 2018 to 3.5 percent in November 2019. That means 6,900 residents are out of a job and seeking work, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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The city of Hamilton dropped to 4.1 percent in November 2019 from 4.3 percent in October and maintained the same as the unemployment rate in November 2018.

The Warren County unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in November, down from 3.5 percent the previous month and 3.6 percent a year ago.

Unemployment rates do not consider people who are out of work and not searching for a job.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in November, unchanged from October. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 6,700 over the previous month, from a revised 5,591,300 in October to 5,598,000 in November 2019.

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The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 247,000, up 1,000 from 246,000 in October. The number of unemployed decreased by 20,000 in the previous 12 months from 267,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.6 percent in November 2018.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary November unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.4 percent in Mercer County to a high of 8.6 percent in Monroe County. From October, unemployment rates decreased in 47 counties, increased in 27 counties and remained the same in 14 counties.

Nine counties had unemployment rates at or below 3 percent in November. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Geauga, 2.7 percent; Auglaize, Holmes, and Medina, 2.8 percent; Lake, Putnam, and Wyandot, 2.9 percent, and Delaware, 3 percent.

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Nine counties had unemployment rates at or above 6 percent in October. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Noble, 6.7 percent; Meigs and Morgan, 6.3 percent; Adams, Jackson, Ottawa, and Pike, 6.1 percent, and Trumbull, 6 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 3.5 percent, down from 3.6 percent in October, and down from 3.7 percent in November 2018.

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